Eager to get out of town? There are now more opportunities to travel internationally than you may realize. The following is a list of international destinations important to the tourism industry now open to US travelers. Canada, being deemed a medium to low risk country, is allowed visitation to more countries than appear in this article. The list is current as of the date of publication, but many nations are updating their requirements on a continual and very fluid basis and travelers and their travel advisors will do well to monitor for any changes up to the point of departure and during the entirety of the trip.
International travelers from the United States and Canada are now permitted to travel to Costa Rica. As of October 8th, a number of US states and all of Canada are permitted to travel, with staged openings for other states. According to the Entry Requirements, the schedule is as follows:
As of Aug. 1, select international travelers are authorized to enter Costa Rica’s three international airports: Juan Santamaría International Airport, Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport, and Tobías Bolaños Airport. The list of authorized regions and countries is being revised periodically
This is the list currently in effect:
• UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wyoming California and Ohio.
◦ As of Oct. 15: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Residents of Florida, Georgia and Texas
◦ As of Nov 01: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: All U.S. citizens and residents
• CANADA: All citizens and residents
Travelers must fill out the Health Pass form available at https://salud.go.cr. On addition, a negative RT-PCR diagnostic test much have been taken within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica. Because of the staged opening requirements, travelers from the United States much have a state identification in addition to their passport showing the live in one of the allowed states. In addition, Traveler’s Medical insurance stipulating the following must be purchased and certification presented that:
(This certification must be uploaded when filling out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS):
• Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
• Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars).
• Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.
Upon arrival, travelers are required to wear face protection and comply with all air terminal protocols.
Additional information may be found at https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/planning-your-trip/entry-requirements
Albania is now permitting international commercial flights, but it is uncertain what health protocols are now in place or what Covid-19 health restrictions might pertain. U.S. citizens who are returning to the United States are currently only being allowed to transit one Schengen country on their journey home. Travelers should contact their airline regarding any boarding restrictions that may be in place, as air carriers have the final decision as to who they will and will not board.
Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry and Albania has increased the number of medical personnel at all ports of entries. Enhanced screening and quarantine measures are being implemented. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Further information on entry/exit requirements, can be found on the State Department page “Entering and Residing in Albania.”
Antigua and Barbuda
As of August 9, 2020 the Government of Antigua and Barbuda updated its travel advisory. All passengers arriving by air MUST have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) test result, taken within seven (7) days of their flight. This includes transiting passengers. Children under 12 years of age are not required to present a COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative Test to enter the Country. Passengers arriving by sea are subject to quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health. All travellers are also subject to assessment by Port Health Authorities for signs and symptoms through a series of checks and the completion of a health declaration form on arrival. The purchase of medical insurance is at the passenger’s discretion.
All arriving passengers will be monitored for COVID-19 for periods of up to 14 days in accordance with the directions of the Quarantine Authority and the Quarantine (COVID-19) Guidelines. Visitors may be required to undergo further testing for COVID-19 on arrival or at the hotel or place of lodging as determined by the Health Authorities, according to their official tourism site. Hotels are being opened at scheduled dates and a full list may be found at the ABHTA site.
Visitors from the United States residing in these states will require additional testing. Aruba has listed COVID-19 Testing Requirements with the details for each state. Aruba requires all visitors to undergo a Molecular SARS-CoV-2 test based on a nasal swab before entering Aruba.
Children aged 14 and under are exempt. Those planning visits should review entry and testing requirements at https://www.aruba.com/us/traveler-health-requirements
Visitors to the Bahamas must obtain an online health visa prior to travel and upload and on arrive present a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result no more than five days before travel.
A mandatory quarantine at the traveler’s hotel is in place for 14 days or the duration of the trip. On November 1, the Bahamian government has scheduled the elimination of the mandatory quarantine. Updates may be found on the Bahama’s Covid-19 travel information page.
The Visit Barbados website reports Barbados has officially opened its borders to international travel as of July 12th 2020. Travelers are required to complete the online Immigration and Customs Form which will be available 72 hours prior to your arrival in Barbados. Barbados categorized travelers as coming from High Risk, Medium Risk, Low Risk and Very Low Risk Destinations and has differing testing requirements for each category and well as regulations restricting movement. Persons traveling to Barbados from High and Medium-Risk the United States countries must have a negativeCOVID-19 test result in order to enter the country. These tests must be taken at an accredited or certified facility/laboratory within 3 days prior to arrival. Persons travelling from Low-Risk countries are strongly advised to take a COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. There are extensive details and requirements listed on the Visit Barbados website and should be carefully reviewed and studied by travelers or their travel advisors.
Bermuda had published a number of requirements which may be reviewed here. One to three days before departure, travelers must complete the Bermuda travel authorization process online which gathers important information for the island’s health and immigration officials; a $75 fee per traveller is required, which includes the cost of all COVID-19 testing in Bermuda. Each passenger must have a form completed regardless of age. NOTE: Children 9 and younger do not have to be tested at any point, and their Travel Authorisation fee is $30.
Bermuda Travel authorization FAQ
Ideally within 72 hours, but no more than seven days before departure, visitors must take a PCR COVID-19 test and obtain a negative result. The day of testing, is day 0. This applies to adults and children aged 10 and up. Children who are 9-years-old and younger are exempt and are subject to their adult travel companion’s quarantine. Children 10-17 must receive parental consent to be tested. If consent is denied, the young traveller must quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Test results must be entered as part of the online travel authorization process and be presented upon arrival in Bermuda. As of July 11, 2020, such visitors without a pre-departure test will not be able to obtain Travel Authorisation and enter Bermuda. Travelers must wear face masks when traveling to the departure airport and wear face masks and practice physical distancing at the departure airport.
Brazil remains at a Level 4 Travel Advisory (Do Not Travel) due to COVID-19 but Brazil permits US and Canadian citizens entry. U.S.-Brazil commercial flight routes continue to run and frequency of flights has recently increased. Brazil no longer requires proof of health insurance to enter the country, but the U.S. Department of State recommends all travelers to purchase insurance before departing the United States. There is no national curfew in place. However some local jurisdictions have and may enact movement restrictions. U.S. citizens should adhere to local laws and regulations at all times, including COVID-19 related restriction orders. Several state and local governments across Brazil have issued decrees that require the use of masks to combat the spread of COVID-19. Failure to do so could result in fines or possible arrest.
Cambodia has had a very low rate of infection and has very stringent rules regarding travel. Grocery stores, restaurants, and other services remain generally available. The Cambodian government has restricted the operation of certain businesses, such as cinemas, karaoke, and entertainment clubs (bars, discos, beer gardens). U.S. and Canadian citizens are permitted to enter, but all travelers must present a valid visa issued by a Cambodian Embassy or Consulate. The Government of Cambodia has suspended the e-visa and visa-on-arrival programs until further notice.
Travelers wishing to enter Cambodia must:
- Pay a deposit of $2,000 upon arrival at airports for mandatory COVID-19 testing and potential treatment services.
- Possess a COVID-19 negative medical certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of arrival (see below).
- Purchase a local health insurance package for COVID-19 treatment for $90, valid for 20 days from Forte Insurance Company.
- Undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and wait in official facilities/designated hotels to receive laboratory results. In the event one or more travelers on an arriving vessel/flight test positive, all passengers must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a location designated by Cambodian authorities.
U.S. and Canadian citizens are permitted to enter. Additional information can be found on the US Embassy site and the Croatian Corona Virus Information site. Wearing protective masks is mandatory throughout the country. A negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) is required for entry. U.S. citizens arriving to Croatia for tourism, business, urgent personal reasons, or educational purposes must present a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours (starting from the time of taking the swab until arrival at the border crossing). This is also valid for passengers and crews traveling by yacht.
Travelers whose test is older than 48 hour s will be allowed to enter Croatia, but they will be issued a self-isolation order and will have to be tested again locally, at their own expense. Having an expired PCR test upon arrival will allow for a shortened period of time in self-isolation pending a negative result of a local PCR test. Those who do not provide a negative PCR test upon arrival will be ordered to quarantine/self-isolate for at least 7 days prior to taking a local PCR test. There are otherwise no movement or travel restrictions within the country.
- Travelers who have been physically present in the United States within the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Curacao, except for legal residents of Curacao with specific permission from the Curacao government or residents of Connecticut (CT), New Jersey (NJ), or New York (NY) who have been physically present in one of those three states within the last 14-days specifically.
- Travelers coming from states other than CT, NJ, or NY must request specific permission in addition to providing a negative COVID-19 PCR test result and agreeing to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at the traveler’s expense (http://gobiernu.cw/reisverificatie)
- Curacao has made announcements that travelers coming from CT, NJ, or NY may be able to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to arrival to Curacao and would not be required to quarantine. These plans have not been finalized and flights have yet to confirmed that would facilitate this travel.
- All travelers are required to complete an online immigration (ED) card prior to travel (https://dicardcuracao.com/dicard).
- All travelers are required to complete a Health Department Passenger Locator Card (https://govcw.ibis-management.com/)
- A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival is required for entry
- Curacao has not yet announced when flights to and from the United States will resume, but most U.S. airlines have cancelled flights until November or December 2020 at the earliest.
The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has announced a phased approach to the reopening of the country’s tourism and hospitality industry. Canada is viewed as Medium Risk and the United States as High Risk.
- Medium Risk must submit a health questionnaire and a negative test. A 14 day “monitoring” is required, or a negative test on the 5th day after arrival. The respective protocols for each may be viewed here.
- High Risk must submit a negative test and health questionnaire and submit to a test upon arrival, after which they will await the results in a government approved facility at the traveler’s expense. If negative a 5 day quarantine is required at a Safe in Nature approved facility. Safe in Nature protocols outlining permitted movement and activities may be found here. All travelers must submit a health questionnaire online at least 24 hours prior to arrival in Dominica. Travelers that assume the classification of low, medium, or high-risk countries are required to upload the negative results of a PCR test, where the swabs were obtained no earlier than 24-72 hours prior to arrival in Dominica.
- All visitors are required to wear a face mask in public places and in crowded areas. Visitors are not permitted to enter any business, including hotels and restaurants, without a mask. Permitted hotels and accommodations can be found here.
Aligning with the launch of the Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan on September 15th, travelers no longer need to provide a negative PCR or COVID-19 test upon arrival. Instead, airports and other ports of entry will administer a quick, aleatory breath test to between 3% and 10% of passengers, and all those who present symptoms, upon arrival. All passengers will also need to perform a temperature check. Passengers who present symptoms or whose test results are positive will be isolated and attended at authorized locations. Prior to departure, travelers should confirm with their airline provider and airport of origin regarding any testing or other related requirements for inbound flights to the Dominican Republic, or necessary requirements needed upon arrival in their country of origin.
Traveler’s Health Affidavit: As part of the immigration and customs forms provided by the airline or by Dominican authorities, passengers will be required to fill out and submit a Traveler’s Health Affidavit. Through this form, passengers declare they have not felt any COVID-19 related symptoms in the last 72 hours and provide contact details for the next 30 days.
Travel Assistance Plan: All international tourists arriving on commercial flights and visiting a hotel will be granted during the check-in process a temporary, free travel assistance plan that provides coverage for emergencies in the event of an infection or exposure to COVID-19 while in-country. The coverage includes medical attention by specialists, medical transfers, transfer of a relative, penalty for airfare changes, lodging for prolonged stays and more. This insurance will be provided at no cost to visitors arriving on or before December 31, 2020 and will be 100% paid for by the Dominican government. In order to obtain coverage of the assistance plan the tourist must enter the country exclusively by air and only applies for guests staying at a hotel. For more information, see this page. To control the outbreak of COVID-19 in country, until October 17, there is an established curfew in place from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am from Monday to Friday and from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the country. The use of non-hotel public pools, lakes and rivers has been temporarily banned at a nation-wide level. Beaches remain open, while still practicing social distancing. Parks are open for recreational and exercise purposes.
- Full information on travel to Dubai can be viewed here.
- From 1 August all tourists, residents, citizens and transit passengers must present a valid negative PCR test. Negative COVID-19 certificates will be valid for up to 96 hours from the time of the PCR test.
- Tourists may test at any lab accredited by their health authority in their country and are not required to translate the test. Travellers are advised to check their country’s travel advisory for latest guidance on outbound trips, as well as the carrier requirements.
- Fulfil entry visa requirements to visit the UAE.
- Ensure you have medical travel insurance with international coverage before travelling.
- If you are travelling with Emirates, the airline will provide free global cover for COVID-19 health expenses and quarantine costs, please see the following link for further details: https://www.emirates.com/ae/english/help/covid19-cover
- Complete the Health Declaration Form before departure to ensure the passenger has no COVID-19 symptoms.
- Please check with your airline carrier if you are arriving in Dubai from a destination that will require a second test on arrival.
- Tourists are required to register all their details in the COVID-19 DXB app https://apps.apple.com/app/covid19-dxb-smart-app/id1504818399
U.S. and Canadian citizens are permitted to enter. All travelers over 18 years of age arriving in Ecuador should provide proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken no more than ten (10) days before entering the country. As long as the traveler does not present symptoms of COVID, the traveler does not need to perform mandatory preventive quarantine (“aislamiento preventativo obligatorio”, or APO) and they may freely move within the continental territory of Ecuador (NOTE: Special rules apply for the Galapagos Islands; see below). A traveler who presents symptoms of COVID upon arrival in Ecuador is required to perform a RT-PCR test at their own expense and proceed to quarantine even if the traveler presents a negative PCR test at the airport of entry.
Any international traveler over the age of 18 wishing to transit via Quito or Guayaquil International Airport to the Galapagos should first arrive in-country with proof of a recent PCR test and then take a second PCR test at own expense upon arrival. Travelers should then proceed to local lodging (in parts of Ecuador currently rated as Green or Yellow, but not Red, for COVID) for at least 48 hours to await test results. A second negative test result is required to be able to proceed to the Galapagos Islands. All persons over the age of 18 present in Ecuador (regardless of nationality or residence status) wishing to travel to the Galapagos Islands must present negative results from a PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival. With such results in hand, there is no quarantine required upon arrival in the Galapagos.
All arriving international travelers, including US and Canadian citizens, will need to present a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19 taken prior to arrival. PCR tests must be taken within 72 hours before arrival. Travelers must present paper copies of the test results; digital copies will not be accepted. Children under the age of six of all nationalities are exempt.
As of September 1, Egypt re-opened Luxor and Aswan governorates to international visitors, including temples, archaeological sites, and museums. the U.S. Embassy in Cairo continues to provide only emergency services to U.S. citizens until further notice. Limited passport services can be provided on an emergency basis, which normally includes urgent travel. Restaurants, cafes, sports clubs and movie theaters are currently allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Restaurants and cafes are required to close by midnight, while other shops, including grocery stores, are required to close by 10:00 pm. Public parks and beaches remain closed.
U.S. and Canadian citizens are permitted to enter. A negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) is required for entry. All arriving passengers entering Ethiopia must quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine location is determined as set forth above in the Entry and Exit Requirements section. More information may be found here.
Since July 15th, 2020, quarantine measures have been lifted and French Polynesia’s borders re-open to international tourism from all countries. All travelers are subject to the following mandatory conditions:
Prior to boarding:
- Proof of a negative RT-PCR test (list of approved and non approved tests) carried out within three days prior to their international air departure;
- Present the receipt of the health registration on the Etis.pf platform (Electronic Travel Information System) ;
- During the stay:
- Self-test 4 days after arrival in The Islands of Tahiti.
The authorities of French Polynesia have implemented the following measures though October 15 (subject to extension):
- Closing of discos and nightclubs;
- Meetings of more than 10 people on the public highway or in any place open to the public are subject to prior permission from the authorities. This permission should specify the health measures taken by event planners ;
- Application of strict rules in restaurants and bars (patrons must be seated, maintain a minimum distance of 1 meter between each table, and wearing a mask is mandatory by everyone when moving around the establishment);
- Wearing of masks is mandatory in outdoor public spaces subject to large number of people, including: shops, water taxis/ferry transportation, airplanes, public ground transport, airports and ferry terminals. Requirements will be enforced by controls and sanctions. Failure to comply with these requirements is punishable by a fine of up to €745.82;
- Informal meetings of more than 10 people is prohibited on beaches, green spaces and public parks, riverbanks, picnic areas and all sites used for this purpose.
- Updated measures can be found here.
- A negative PCR test required within 7 days of traveling
- Minimum of 4 day reservation at approved accommodation for observation and quarantine
- Visitors on day 4 have the option to get PCR test to be allowed into the community, or remaining at the hotel for the duration of their visit
- More information can be found here
US and Canadian travelers may visit Ireland but are required a 14 day quarantine and to complete a Passenger Locator Form. A negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) is not required for entry.
- All residents of the United States of America (USA), Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico or Panama who are 12 years of age or over, are required to obtain and present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result to check in for a flight.
- Tests must be done by a medical laboratory that has a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) registration or ISO 15189 certification.
- The date of the sample collection must be less than 10 days from the travel date to Jamaica. Example: For a travel date of October 20, the earliest the test sample may be collected is October 11. Use the Test Date Calculator.
- Samples collected using home test kits (ex. Pixel by LabCorp), along with antibody tests will not be accepted.
- See the full COVID-19 test requirements here.
- More information can be found here.
Arriving U.S.and Canadian passengers are permitted to enter if the conditions are met: 1) The passenger does not have a body temperature above 37.5°C (99.5°F); 2) The passenger does not have a persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms; 3) The passenger has a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test conducted within 96 hours of arrival. Visit the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website or call the COVID 19 hotline at 719 for updated information. Visit the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website or call the COVID 19 hotline at 719 for updated information. In July, U.S. citizen travelers coming from California, Florida and Texas were required to quarantine upon arrival either at Government of Kenya-designated facility or at their Kenyan residence. It is believed this restriction has been lifted, but some conflicting information is present.
Nightly curfew hours are from 11:00 pm to 4:00 am. U.S citizens coming from the United States are exempted from quarantine. Please call the COVID-19 hotline at 719 or contact the Kenyan Embassy in Washington D.C. at http://kenyaembassydc.org/ for more information.
- Maldives opened some resort islands for tourism on July 15, 2020. Tourists are allowed entry without quarantine upon arrival.The Maldives Ministry of Tourism website has guidelines for visiting Maldives during the COVID-19 pandemic. A detailed explanation of the process for tourists can be found on the Ministry of Tourism website.
- According to Maldives Health Protection Agency, effective September 10, all tourists will be required to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival.
- Maldives will provide a free 30-day tourist visa on arrival
- Traveler Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travelers travelling to and from Maldives, within 24 hours prior to their travel. You may submit the form electronically via http://imuga.immigration.gov.mv.
- Islands with confirmed COVID-19 patients have been placed under travel lockdown, with arrivals and departures to those islands prohibited.
- There is a curfew in place for Male city, Hulhulmale, Villimale, Thilafushi, and Gulhifalhu from 10:00 p.m. until 05:00 a.m.
Canadians may visit. U.S. residents may not travel to Malta from a non-corridor country through a corridor country, unless they remain in the safe-corridor country for 14-days prior to entering Malta; have no symptoms of COVID-19; and have not come into contact with a person who is positive within the 14-days prior to travel to Malta. The “safe corridor” destinations that have been reopened for travel include:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City. Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are also considered as within Malta’s travel corridor countries (considered with UK and China respectively). For more information please visit the Maltese Ministry of Health website here. A negative COVID-19 test is not required for entry. Currently there are no restrictions on movement in Malta.
U.S. and Canadian citizens are permitted to enter. The United States and Mexico entered a joint initiative March 21 restricting non-essential travel along the U.S.-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. The restrictions are in place until at least October 21. Please see the Embassy’s fact sheet for more information. Thus, for now travel must be via airline.
A negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) is not required for entry. Passengers and aircrew members arriving at Mexican airports may be subject to health screenings including temperature checks. Curfews are not universal. Restrictions vary based on state and/or city. Many hotels are open at restricted capacity percentages. The Mexican government encourages people to continue respecting social distancing measures, washing their hands, and coughing or sneezing in the inner part of the elbow to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Effective September 7, Cozumel has in effect a nightly curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Additional information can be found here.
Canadian citizens can enter Morocco, but there are more restrictions on US citizens. U.S. citizens should be aware that regional or local authorities may put into place (sometimes with little notice) travel or other restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. Travelers from US may enter if they have either an invitation from a Moroccan company or a confirmed local hotel reservation.
U.S. travelers are permitted to stay up to 90 days in Morocco without a visa. The Government of Morocco is not imposing a mandatory quarantine on foreign citizens entering the country. The city of Casablanca currently has a curfew in place from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am, and those wishing to enter or depart the city limits must have a letter of permission issued by Moroccan authorities. In-person schooling is currently prohibited in Casablanca, and local markets must close by 3:00 pm, cafes and shops by 8:00 pm, and restaurants by 9:00 pm. Masks are mandatory in all public spaces.
- Panama is open to travelers from all countries. Updated information can be viewed here.
- Travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to their arrival time in Panama.
- If a test is not possible within that time frame, a COVID-19 rapid test will be mandated at the airport before customs and the traveler will have to cover the costs of said test. (USD$ 50).
- Health insurance is not a requirement for entry but is highly recommended
- Prior to check-in, all incoming travelers will be required to complete an Electronic Affidavit (sworn statement) agreeing to:
- Comply with all sanitary control measures outlined by the Ministry of Health of Panama.
- Provide localization information for residence while in Panama.
- Confirm that you are healthy (no symptoms of any respiratory illness) and that you have not been exposed to COVID-19 within the last fourteen (14) days.
- Rwanda has announced the reopening of tourism activities as well as the resumption of international travel for visitors arriving by charter flight, effective 17 June 2020 and for visitors arriving by scheduled commercial flights as of 1 August 2020.
- All travelers arriving in Rwanda must have a negative COVID-19 certificate. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 120 hours of departure (meaning travellers must be tested and get results within 5 days of their first flight). Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDTs), are not accepted.
- A second PCR test will be conducted upon arrival, with results delivered after 24 hours during which time they will remain in designated hotels at their own cost.
- Currently, international visitors arriving by flight can visit Rwanda. There are no restrictions based on nationality or point of departure. These visitors can enter Rwanda on the condition of fulfilling the health and safety requirements outlined in these FAQs and this information note.
- Together with the private sector, Visit Rwanda is offering attractive all-inclusive tourism packages for Rwandans and foreign residents. Visa on arrival remains available for all visitors to the country.
- All tourism activities, including primate trekking within Rwanda’s national parks, have now resumed in line with enhanced COVID-19 prevention measures.
- Cancelations/postponement policies have been updated to accommodate travellers impacted during this time and can be accessed here.
- Frequently asked questions with more details on visiting Rwanda can be accessed here.
St. Barth officially reopened to tourists on June 22, 2020. Travelers from the USA and CANADA are welcome to enter St. Barth in accordance with the testing requirements outlined below. Travelers are required to wear a face mask when entering the St. Barth airport and while on their flight to/from St. Barth. Visitors (age 11+) are required to show a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test (this is the molecular-based nasal swab test) where the date the test was administered is within 72 hours of their arrival. Visitors (age 11+) staying longer than 7 days will be required to take an additional RT-PCR Covid-19 test in St. Barth, at their own expense (€135), on the 8th day following their arrival. (i.e. if you arrived in St. Barth on Sunday, you will need to test locally on the following Monday). The testing lab is available to drive up Monday-Friday from 2-3 PM and Saturday 9-10 AM. If a visitor tests positive, they will be required to self-quarantine for 7 days or until they re-test negative. If a visitor is unable to remain in their rented accommodations for the required period of time, they may quarantine at a designated lodging facility which is located in St. Jean. The majority of restaurants, boutiques, and businesses reopened in July and August, excluding those associated with hotels that are within their annual closing. Masks are required when entering indoor establishments such as shops, grocery stores, banks etc. For restaurants, guests may remove them while seated at their table and are asked to keep them on when entering or moving about. Masks are not required while outdoor in the streets or while enjoying the beaches. All beaches are open. Social distancing is encouraged.
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts and Nevis will open to air and sea travel on October 31. At this time no protocols have been announced. Please view this page for updated information.
- US and Canadian citizens may enter
- Complete information and updates can be found here
- All arriving passengers 5 years and older must have a negative result from a PCR test done no more than 7 days prior to arrival in Saint Lucia
- All passengers 18 years and older must complete and submit a Travel Registration Form no less than 3 days before travel to Saint Lucia
- All arriving passengers must adhere to all protocols relevant to airport
- All arriving passengers will be screened, this will include temperature checks
- All symptomatic passengers will be immediately isolated and tested. If test result is positive for COVID-19 the passenger will be transferred to the Respiratory Hospital for treatment and care at their cost.
- Other passengers will be transferred by certified taxi to approved COVID-19 accommodation or to a government quarantine facility. In phase 1 of the responsible reopening plan visitors may only stay in COVID certified accommodation. It will therefore not be possible for you to stay in a villa or in any property other than a certified hotel while you are in Saint Lucia. For a list of certified properties see FAQ regarding hotels that are open.
- Hotel guests are required to remain on property for the duration of their stay except to transfer to another Covid-19 certified property to continue their stay, or to participate in certified activities, tours and excursions
- All persons 18 years and older must submit a Travel Registration Form 3 days or more before arrival. Please print and travel with a copy of the following:
1. Auto-response email that you will receive after submission.
2. Your test results
3. The travel authorization letter that you will receive once your hotel stay has been verified
- US (High Risk) and Canada (Medium Risk) are permitted entry.
- Due to the COVID-19 epidemic Sint Maarten has established a mandatory health authorization application through an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) for every visitor whether arriving by air, boat or in transit. This includes Sint Maarten and Sint Martin residents.
- If you are suffering from flu like symptoms and/or fever travel will be denied by the airline and by the EHAS.
- A rt-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab only and performed within 120 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights) is required for all travelers originating from a country that is categorized as high or moderate risk. Other tests such as antibody tests or antigen tests and tests performed outside of this 120 hours period will not be accepted.
- Travelers residing in and traveling from a low-risk countries are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR test.
- Travelers who reside in a low risk country but have visited a moderate or high-risk country in the 14 days prior to departing to Sint Maarten, must also have a rt-PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus performed within 120 hours prior to departure to Sint Maarten (last leg in case of connecting flights).
- The original result of this test must be uploaded as soon as possible as part of the health authorization application procedure in order to be processed. Processing takes 6-8 hours. The test result should clearly specify the name of the laboratory, test subject name, test date, type of test administered and how the test sample was obtained. Typed, written or e-mail statements from doctors or non-laboratories will not be accepted.
- Children of age 10 and under are exempted from the mandatory rt-PCR test. As of the day after the 10th birthday, a rt-PCR test has to be submitted.
- Airline and private flight crews with stopovers in St. Maarten or St. Martin must complete the health authorization procedure and demonstrate a valid (performed within 120 hours of departure to Sint Maarten) negative rt-PCR test upon arrival. Crew members not in possession of a valid negative rt-PCR test must self-quarantine until their departure flight.
- Travelers with destination Sint Maarten are required to have health insurance coverage. This does not apply to transit passengers. Additional travel insurance covering COVID-19 related expenses is strongly recommended.
- Provide an email address on which you are reachable and monitor on a daily basis during your stay. Alerts will be sent via email.
- The application must be completed in order to be processed. Non-completed applications will be automatically deleted within a day after the provided travel date.
- If health authorization is pre-approved, you will receive a (printable) authorization via e-mail, which must be presented to the health and immigration authorities upon arrival. The original rt-PCR test result should be presented to the health authorities upon request. Please check your spam/junk mail folder as well in case you haven’t received a response.
- If health authorization is not pre-approved, you will receive an e-mail informing you that health authorization has been denied.
- For travelers originating from a high-risk country, 14 consecutive days of self-monitoring of body temperature and possible flu like symptoms is mandatory. For travelers from a moderate riskcountry the mandatory self-monitoring period is 8 days. The travelers in these categories will receive during the 14 or 8 days an automated daily email alert providing a link for submitting the required information online. If you are remaining for a shorter term on the island, you will have to submit the information for the time you are on the island.
Please be informed that receiving pre-approval does not mean that you are cleared to enter St. Maarten. Upon arrival you must still pass through the additional medical screening measures at the Airport Health Checkpoint. All incoming passengers are subjected to temperature checks and other screening protocols and may be subjected to mandatory testing at their own expense. If re-tested upon arrival you will be expected to self-isolate or self-quarantine at your place of lodging/residence until the test results are known. Failure to adhere to the screening upon arrival will result in you not being cleared to enter St. Maarten and sent back to your originating country.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
US and Canadian citizens may enter.
- Travel protocols (as of September 17, 2020) are available here. The arriving traveler will complete the Pre-Arrival Form available at gov.vc.
- There are no restrictions on movement
- All passengers arriving from the United States of America, including those transiting through another country to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, having traveled on a commercial flight out of the USA:
- Must arrive with a negative result of a COVID-19 test done no more than five (5) days before arrival.
- Will be retested for COVID-19 on arrival.
- Must complete mandatory quarantine for five (5) days in a Tourism Authority/Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment (TA/ MOHWE) approved transition/quarantine hotel for five (5) nights at their cost. Must arrive with a fully paid reservation.
- Must be re-tested for COVID-19 between day four (4) and day five (5) of quarantine.
- Must continue nine (9) to sixteen (16) days of quarantine in an approved home/hotel at the discretion of the Port Health Officer.
- All arrivals from the United States:
- Will be quarantined in a TA/MOHWE approved hotel for five (5) days.
- Will be tested between day 4 and 5 for COVID-19 before release from quarantine in the approved hotel.
- Will continue quarantine in an approved home/facility for a period of nine (9) to sixteen (16) days for a total of fourteen (14) to (21) days at the discretion of the Port Health Officer according their assessed risk.
Although there is a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all inbound travelers. See “Quarantine Requirements” for more information. Generally speaking, U.S. citizens traveling to Korea from the United States as tourists on the 90-day visa-waiver program do not need a COVID-19 test prior to travel but will be tested upon arrival in Korea and may be subject to quarantine in government facilities at their own expense. There are no restrictions on domestic travel in Korea. However, those entering Korea from abroad will not be permitted to board domestic connecting flights (i.e., to Jeju or Busan) until completing government-mandated quarantine.
- Tanzania is open to US and Canadian citizens
- All travelers whose countries or airlines require them to provide negative testing for COVID-19 as a condition for traveling will be required to present a certificate on arrival. Travelers from other countries with symptoms and signs related to COVID-19 infection will undergo enhanced screening and may be tested on arrival.
- Passengers should fill in Health Surveillance Form in the plane, or any other transport means and submit them to Port Health authorities upon arrival.
US and Canadian citizens may enter Turkey. It is not necessary to present a negative test to enter. There are no quarantine requirements. There are no restrictions on movement within the country. Given the strict travel and transit restrictions in the Schengen Zone, U.S. citizens who wish to transit via the Schengen Zone must have onward tickets to the U.S., and meet the Schengen and U.K. exceptions as passengers in transit. More information may be found here.
Turks and Caicos
US and Canadian citizens may enter. All travelers to the Turks and Caicos must obtain travel pre-authorization via the TCI Assured Portal.
- Masks are required in all public places until 31 December 2020 (this is subject to review).
- A nightly curfew has been reimposed until 2 November 2020, from 10 PM to 5 AM.
- Until 2 November 2020, all businesses (including restaurants) must close at 9 PM daily.
US and Canadian citizens may enter. At this time COVID testing is not required to enter the United Kingdom. All travelers 11 years and older must wear face covering on public transport and on aircrafts. Passengers using taxis and private hire vehicles should also use a face covering for the duration of their journey. Drivers may refuse to transport passengers who do not follow guidance for safe travel. Additional information may be accessed here.
Individuals arriving in the UK from outside the current travel corridor (see below for each country’s rules) must self-isolate for 14 days and may be contacted to verify compliance. You will need to self-isolate if you visited or made a transit stop in a country or territory that is not on the travel corridor list in the 14 days before you arrive in the UK.
Gatwick Express services are suspended until further notice. Southern and Thameslink rail services are still running to and from Gatwick with reduced schedules as are coaches and other public transportation.
The UK response to COVID is updated frequently as the government monitors the situation. For the latest information, please go to the below websites.
- For England, visit: Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
- For Northern Ireland, visit: NIDirect: Coronavirus – COVID-19
- For Scotland, visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Scotland
- For Wales, visit: https://gov.wales/coronavirus
There are also areas of the UK with specific local restrictions. For the latest information, please see here: Local restrictions: areas with an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
US and Canadian citizens are permitted entry. A negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) is required for entry. The test should have been conducted within the previous 14 days prior to arrival to Zambia. Travelers who do not meet this requirement will not be allowed into Zambia. Zambia has implemented limited screening upon arrival at the international airport in Lusaka. The screening includes using no-touch thermometers (“thermo-scanners”) to check body temperature and asking travelers to complete a travel health questionnaire. Symptomatic individuals will be tested for COVID-19 (SARS-Cov-2) at the airports and will be required to enter isolation protocol at a Zambian government facility. There are no movement restrictions within the country.
- U.S. and Canadian citizens are required to quarantine
- The Government of the Republic of Zambia is enforcing mandatory 14-day quarantine, testing, and regular monitoring at the residence or preferred place of stay for persons entering Zambia.
- Persons arriving are not required to quarantine at a government-designated facility but must communicate to Ministry of Health officials where they intend to reside and provide accurate contact information for regular follow-ups.
- This includes those entering Zambia at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) and all other Zambian international airports, as well as land borders.